Vettel on top in P3 as Red Bull begin to show speed

Red Bull chose the final Turkish Grand Prix practice to unleash their monstrous pace as Sebastian Vettel left it late to set the fastest time.

The German finished nearly three tenths of a second ahead of Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg, with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton continuing to take the fight to the Red Bulls in third.

However, Webber and Vettel may well have been further ahead of the pack had it not been for both drivers committing a number of errors throughout the session. Mark Webber was the biggest culprit, running wide on a numerous occasions while attempting to take the notorious turn 8 flat. For this the Australian was forced to settle for fourth position, but will have breathed a huge sigh of relief after a throttle issue, at the very beginning of the hour, did not turn out to be too serious.

As a result, the 33-year-old will be confident of challenging for pole after overcoming the engine failure which blighted yesterday’s running and setting a number of competitive sector times.

In addition, Vettel’s fastest lap, set at the very end of the session, was also delayed by traffic in the third sector – suggesting  that the young German may well have more pace in hand.

Robert Kubica continued to strong run of form with the fifth fastest time for Renault, edging out Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and the second Mercedes of Michael Schumacher. Jenson Button was eighth.

The session proved disasterious for the Force India of Adrian Sutil. The German was unable to complete a flying lap after a hydraulic glitch could not be repaired within the hour.

Pos  Driver         Team            Time              Laps
1.   Vettel         Red Bull        1:27.086            18
2.   Rosberg        Mercedes        1:27.359  + 0.273   16
3.   Hamilton       McLaren         1:27.396  + 0.310   14
4.   Webber         Red Bull        1:27.553  + 0.467   15
5.   Kubica         Renault         1:27.784  + 0.698   20
6.   Alonso         Ferrari         1:27.861  + 0.775   18
7.   Schumacher     Mercedes        1:27.879  + 0.793   16
8.   Button         McLaren         1:27.963  + 0.877   17
9.   Massa          Ferrari         1:27.969  + 0.883   20
10.  Petrov         Renault         1:28.344  + 1.258   18
11.  Buemi          Toro Rosso      1:28.610  + 1.524   22
12.  de la Rosa     Sauber          1:28.652  + 1.566   20
13.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso      1:28.734  + 1.648   21
14.  Kobayashi      Sauber          1:29.036  + 1.950   20
15.  Hulkenberg     Williams        1:29.044  + 1.958   18
16.  Liuzzi         Force India     1:29.211  + 2.125   15
17.  Barrichello    Williams        1:29.305  + 2.219   14
18.  Trulli         Lotus           1:30.618  + 3.532   19
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus           1:30.884  + 3.798   22
20.  Glock          Virgin          1:31.341  + 4.255   21
21.  di Grassi      Virgin          1:32.180  + 5.094   16
22.  Senna          HRT             1:32.230  + 5.144   21
23.  Chandhok       HRT             1:32.762  + 5.676   19
24.  Sutil          Force India     No time              1